Haab Month: Tzec/Sek
The Bee Keeper Festival is observed in the month of Sek. Offerings were made to images of the four Chaaks (rain gods), and the rims of offering plates were covered in honey. Hive owners shared honey with the community. (mayan-calendar.com)
Tzec/Sek led me on a rabbit trail that even had a rabbit. Ah Muzen Caab/Ah Muu Zen Caab is the God of Bees and Honey. Known as the “diving god” or “descending god,” it is always depicted upside down. The Temple of the Bees at Tulum is associated with Venus, and a symbol of LAMAT and the totem Rabbit.
The Temple of the Descending God, located at Tulum, is an intricately designed structure which is illuminated brightly by the setting sun every April 6th – which is the birthday of The Descending God (so named because he is always depicted with his feet in the air) and is carefully aligned with the planet Venus.
Today, the women of the Yucatan are working together to save the bees that populate the forest canopy to help maintain the ecological balance. For the Bee Festival, I’m sharing the stories of Beekeepers who carry on the tradition and symbols of the Bees that were Sacred to the Maya… and their dream for a new generation.
Ah Muu Zen Caab gave the bees to the tropical forests of the Yucatán peninsula. The bees symbolized a link to the spirit world. Historically, twice a year the Maya priests harvested honey from the log nests from live trees as part of a religious ceremony. To ensure that the number of bees and hives increased, the beekeepers regularly divided the nests and hives used by these stingless bees. Source
In Honor the Bee Keepers, the video below shares a story about the indigenous women in the Yucatan who are working to save the stingless bees, carried out in the traditional way.
Indigenous Woman Science & Medicine
The First Voice and Climate Change
(This source features indigenous women’s environmental efforts around the world.)
In the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, the stingless Melipona beecheii, or Melipona bee, has been prized since the Maya civilisation. The bees were considered sacred in Mayan culture: a dedicated Bee-God, Ah Muzen Cab, is often depicted with a clutch of honey pots in his hands.
The gentle, native Melipona bee’s honey has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years and has antibiotic and antiseptic qualities. Unlike Apis mellifera the European honey bee introduced by the colonial Spanish in the 1700s, the Melipona bee pollinates native forest canopies and restores ecological balance.
A women-only Yucatan-based organization, the Co’oleel Caab Collective, has mastered beekeeping as a way of repopulating the supplanted Melinpona bee and generating extra income for families. (Click for entire article, and series of stories on indigenous women’s environmental efforts around the world..)
Lady Beekeepers Revive Art of Raising Stingless Bees
Central America has a centuries-long history of native bee keeping; the Madrid Codex, one of three surviving Mayan books, describes bees and beekeeping in detail. Mayans called their bees Xunan kab, which translates as “royal lady bees.”
Below is an interview with Anselma Chale Euan, President of the Co’oleel Caab Collective in Yucatan, Mexico. Her women’s collective is practicing meliponiculture, or stingless beekeeping, a traditionally male job in Mayan culture. (Source)
THE INTENTION OF CREATION:
All my free time has been spent editing my dream projects, yet I’m believing in the Dream enough to still do something I wanted to do. I don’t have a good image of it yet, but my Ah Muzen Caab – is my symbol for a month that descends the Blessings of “milk and honey.”
It feels good to let things flow without fear. The dream is too real not to believe anymore. This feels like the life I wanted and the place I want to be. I believe there is a Divine Provision that will be born of Human darkness and we will all find our Self standing in Unity for the Very Sake of Love. I divinely schedule this week as a vacation. I could imagine I’m 10 years old without anyone telling me what I should do… with art supplies. Creating will be my salvation of Love in the World.
There are a lot of interesting stories that relate to the Haab celebration of the bees searching for the “diving god.” Here’s another source.
In lak’ech, I am another you
Debra, Jaguar Woman, 9 Eagle/MEN
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